Response to Federal Concealed Carry Bill Proposal from Brady President Dan Gross | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Response to Federal Concealed Carry Bill Proposal from Brady President Dan Gross

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

For Immediate Release: February 12, 2015

Contact: Mike Naple, mnaple [at] bradymail [dot] org
Phone +1 202-370-8131

WASHINGTON, DC – Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has introduced a bill which would federally mandate a national concealed carry policy requiring all states to recognize gun carry permits from any other states with weaker gun safety laws. This Senate bill complements a similar House bill recently introduced by Rep. Richard Nugent (R-FL).

In response, Brady Campaign President Dan Gross stated:

“This bill is evil and dangerous. It is basically a proposal promoted by the gun lobby and its lap dog politicians to force every state to allow just about anyone to carry a loaded, hidden gun in public. Under this proposal, law enforcement in states with stronger gun laws would be handcuffed and helpless to take their own reasonable precautions to prevent dangerous people from carrying guns. States that use reasonable discretion in awarding concealed carry permits would be forced to accept the standards of states with reprehensibly low standards, like Florida. A recent study showed Florida has handed out gun permits to 1,400 felons. Under this bill, every one of those felons would have a permit to carry their guns in public across the country, from Times Square to Venice Beach. Florida happily handed George Zimmerman, a man who had an arrest record and history of violence, a permit to carry the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin. Florida's state legislature has already put the citizens of Florida in peril by allowing dangerous people to carry guns in that state. We must stop those in Congress who want to expose the rest of the nation to the public safety menace states like Florida have helped to create."

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